March 30, 2022 

Statins Protective Against Parkinsonism in Older Patients

Statins might have yet another benefit beyond lowering cholesterol and protecting against atherosclerosis. A new study published online in the journal Neurology has found that older adults on the medications have a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinsonism, which causes serious movement problems, including tremors, slowed movement, and stiffness, than those who do not take statins. Read more.


Additional COVID-19 Booster Doses Authorized for Age 50 Years and Older Cohort

The FDA has authorized a second booster dose for the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. That is expected to bring a number of adults aged 50 years and older back to pharmacies to get their fourth vaccine, at least 4 months after their third one. Here is information about who is eligible, including younger patients with immunocompromising conditions.

Dispensing Abortion Drugs Via Medical History Appears Safe

While all of the details have not been worked out yet, some pharmacists who are certified will soon be able to distribute mifepristone. That is why a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association is of special interest: It finds that screening patients for medication abortion using history alone is highly effective and of low risk. Read more.


COVID-19 Patients Have Increased Risk of Developing T2D

A side effect, whether short or long term, of COVID-19 appears to be the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). According to an article in Diabetologia, the human pancreas can be a target of SARS-CoV-2. Find out why researchers believe that occurs and why they advise active monitoring of glucose dysregulation after recovery from even mild forms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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